Dr. Owoo (or Dr. O as she is known by her clients) was born and raised in the South Bronx, New York to immigrant parents via way of Ghana, West Africa. Dr. O is passionate about working with individuals who have a chronic illness due to several chronic illnesses within her immediate family.
While working on her Ph.D. in marriage and family counseling, she was diagnosed with fibroids, stage 4 endometriosis, and adenomyosis which would result in multiple surgeries, both parents would be diagnosed with cancer (in remission now), and her brother would experience complications of sickle cell disease. Having these personal experiences with chronic illness has driven Dr. O’s passion to work with this population exclusively.
Dr. Owoo is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in the states of Ohio and Maryland. Dr. O graduated from an accredited program with a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision: Marriage & Family Therapy specialization from The University of Akron in Ohio. She also holds a Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from her beloved alma mater The University at Buffalo.
She completed her internships at University Hospitals of Cleveland: Otis Moss Center in Cleveland, OH, Summa Health System: St. Thomas Hospital in Akron, Ohio, and Catholic Charities Marriage Counseling Center in Buffalo, NY. Dr. O has 13 years of experience working with marginalized populations in a variety of settings such as psychiatric and medical facilities, community mental health agencies, university clinic settings, and within the school system.
Dr. O uses a combination of systemic-based therapies and a culturally-sensitive therapeutic approach when working with clients to help them in understanding how family-of-origin, generational patterns, and behavior/thoughts can impact our communication style when faced with life-altering events. Her goal is to help clients establish healthy boundaries, understand the importance of self-care while managing a chronic illness, and transform their mindset towards optimal mental health.
Dr. O values and respects cultural diversity in all aspects and strives to provide a safe, confidential, authentic, and culturally sensitive space to service the community. Her ideal client has decided they want to see a change in their lives and determined to put in the work to grow, emotionally and spiritually.
Dr. O is an advocate for self-care and me time, so you might find her crafting, drawing, or occasionally painting. She is also an avid reader and lover of all things old school rap/hip-hop, afrobeats, and highlife. She thoroughly enjoys the outdoors, hiking trails, and maintaining her plants.